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Dog update and no-spend day

August 4th, 2008 at 02:42 pm

The dog came through surgery just fine. Her bladder was almost completely full of stones, so the vet said he thinks we'll "be seeing a totally different dog soon." Since the only sign of illness was her incessant need to pee before, I'm hoping the big change will mean my carpet won't be stained anymore....

Because she'll be spending the night in the hospital, I haven't actually paid for the surgery yet and ended up with a no-spend day today. Kind of a nice little treat considering tomorrow I'll be shelling out $1,400 to the vet.

8 Responses to “Dog update and no-spend day”

  1. sillyoleme Says:

    Glad to hear everything went well... we're looking at hip surgery for our pup in the coming months, so it's good to hear a success story. Enjoy your no spend day while you can, right?!

  2. Merle Wayne Sneed Says:

    It's good to hear that you dog is okay. $1400....Yikes!

  3. cptacek Says:

    Wow! $1400 for a pet? How do you justify it?

    err, don't flame me. I really am wondering how.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm glad to hear your dog came out okay.


    I don't know if you have any pets yourself. If you don't, I can understand why you would think $1400 is a lot of money. But for some people (myself included) a pet is like a family member. So, spending $1400 to help them get feeling better is worth every penny + more. Pets give us SO much more than we can ever repay them.

  5. cptacek Says:

    So is there any limit? Would you spend $2500? $5000? $10,000? $20,000? How do you set that limit?

  6. compulsive debtor Says:

    Hi Cptacek,

    I was going to write you this message:

    I should explain that my dog is only 4 years old and perfectly healthy otherwise and still has lot of life left in her. If it had been my 12 year old dog with the same problem, I would have considered not doing the surgery.

    Also, if I didn't have the $1,400 in savings, I would have thought twice about it.

    But, in reality, the fact is that I probably would have spent the money on either of my two dogs because they are like family and the condition was life threatening. (Yes, that would have meant I would be debting in the second case, but honestly something like this probably would make it OK in my mind -- however wrong that might be to some of you.)

    My mom has a 7 year old dog who needed $4,000 worth of cataract surgery last month. Because she could afford it and because this dog is her "life" for the most part, she opted to spend the money and get the surgery even though the cataracts weren't life-threatening (assuming the dog didn't blindly fall off a cliff or something).

    Personally, I probably would have bought the dog a little white cane and hoped for the best.... However, in my dog's case, it was an easy decision to make in favor of spending the money, which fortunately we had in savings.

  7. JanH Says:

    We just had stones removed for the second time. Poor doggies. I wonder how awful they feel before we figure out they are miserable. Now, she's a bouncy, happy thing. Which is pretty amazing since she is twelve. Going to have to start saving in the ole pet fund again.

  8. Ima saver Says:

    I love my dog. There is no question, I would spend a $100,000 on her if she needed it. She is my child. I am so glad that your puppy came thru ok!!

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